Domenic "Chip" L. Cipolla, 86, of Vineland (formerly of Buena Borough) passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia.
Domenic was born in Camden to the late Frank and Felice (Perrone) Cipolla and lived in Buena Borough most of his life before moving to Vineland in 2006. Chip was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II as a technical sergeant and was a chauffeur for the Commanding Generals, Eisenhower and MacCarthur, in the Pacific Theater. Prior to retirement, he was a truck driver for the former Tri State Transportation Co. of Vineland and Bellmawr for 40 years. Chip was member and former shop steward of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union Local 676. He also was a 60-year-plus member of American Legion No. 270 of Minotola and member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge of Vineland. He enjoyed owning and restoring antique cars and attending car shows. He was a member of various car clubs, including the Early Ford V8 Club of America and Foundation, Antique Automobile Club of America and the American Truck Historical Society. He enjoyed gardening and sharing time with his family.
Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Gilda "Jill" (Macciocca) Cipolla of Vineland; one son, Russell Cipolla and his wife Rita of Williamstown; grandson, Lance Rib of Williamstown; one sister, Marie Doyle of Vineland; and also several nieces and nephews. Domenic was predeceased by his sisters, Lena Shultz and Ida Gruccio.
Funeral liturgy will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, St. Michael's Church, 504 West Ave., Minotola. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineland. Visitation hours are 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church prior to the liturgy.
Donations in Chip's memory may be made to the CCSPCA, 1244 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360; or the Salvation Army of Vineland, P.O. Box 3124, Union, NJ 07083-1924.
Please visit www.wbfuneralhome.com to send online condolences to the family.
Arrangements were by the Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, Vineland.
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